Front Yard Plant List

Front plants as seen in 2011
Front plants as seen in 2011

The plants I grow in my Colorado garden.  First published: Dec 29, 2011 @ 17:28

Zone: 5

Area: Front Yard

Light:  The front yard faces southeast and is shaded by a large silver maple on the Northeast corner.  Along a strip next to the driveway I get 6+ hours of sun, but the majority of the yard would be considered partial shade to full shade.  The shady areas are dry shade due to the shallow rooted silver maple.

Soil:  Amended Clay.

Color scheme: Flowers – Coral folliage, with White, Pinks, and Purples/blues.  Orange is coming.

2022 I plan to remove the roses and daylillies that, while their blooms can be nice, they add nothing for bees and birds.  These I will move or give away.

– butterfly weed for clay

– new lavender

2021- Invasive weed removal. — See Whitetop or Hoary Cress

2020 – Nothing new


  1. Lavendula ‘Munstead’ x 2.  12-15″h x 2 – 3′ Short linear leaves of grayish-green color on wood stems.  Aromatic clump of long stemmed spikes of tiny lavender-blue flowers.


  1. Stipa tenuissima Mexican Feather grass x 3.   2′ h x 1′ wide light green to yellow fine blades with early summer blooms.  Seed is brown.  – 2019 only 2 have survived.  The third I pulled and replaced with munstead lavender.  This readily re-seeds so will create a page on propogating it.
  2. Stipa tenuissima also called Nasella tenuissima


  1. Floribunda  ‘Summer Love’ x 1. Bright yellow flowers.  3×3′.    The root stock survived and now is a standard red.
  2. Floribunda ‘Angel Face’ x 1 .  Deep lavender flowers with a little ruby on the ruffled edges.   3′ x 3′  with 3 1/2″ blooms intense lemon fragrance.  Planted in bed in front of the smoke bush.  May move to back yard if I can find a good yellow rose to replace it.  –DIED
  3. Lavandula x intermedia ‘Provence Lavender’ x 3.  These 18″ -24″ H x 18″ w lavenders are highly fragrant with light purple flowers and evergreen leaves.   RIP


  1. Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Bath’s Pink’ (5) 6-12″H x 12″ W.  Gray-green foliage, with Pink blooms that may repeat if sheared after spring bloom.  Full sun.  Regular water first year to establish roots.  2019 only 1 survives. This was planted below the wall and only 1 has survived. I will be looking for a native replacement.
  2. Heuchera ‘Caramel‘ (4) 12″ x 18 -24″  Beautiful foliage, light pink flowers in June.  Full to partial sun.  Planted in partial shade.  You can see here.
  3. Cotinus coggyria  – Smoke Bush  (1) Grows to 8 feet tall, and the color is best in full sun.  Mine is planted in partial to mostly shade and does not have great color.  May look to move it to somewhere it will get better sun. As of 2020 its a gorgeous thing!

    In 2020 the smoke bush is happy and at its feet are strawberries.


  1. Delosperma congestum ‘Gold Nugget’ H: 1/2″ W: 8″ Yellow blooms early spring, Full sun  DIED
  2. Delosperma congestum ‘Mesa Verde’ H: 2″ x W: 12″  Coral blooms spring to fall, Full to partial sun. DIED
  3. Delosperma burnnthaleri H: 5″ x W: 18″ Yellow blooms June to August  May need winter protection in zones north of 8. So this one may just not last 🙁  DIED
  4. Huechera ‘Miracle’ H:12″ x 18″ Leaves emerge chartreuse and mature to brick red.  Pink flowers late spring. Needs well drained soil. Full Sun to light shade. I have this planted in an area that gets about 4 hours of light at the height of summer so it may not be as colorful as one in full sun.  For more info click here.
  5. Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (Hardy Plumbago) H:6″ x 18″ Deep blue blooms late summer / early fall.  Nice red leaves in Fall.  Ground cover for  Shade / partial Shade or sun. Click on link to see the nice fall color.
  6. Lillum pumilum (Turk’s Cap Siberian Lily) H: 18″ x W: 12″  Scarlet red flowers in early summer.  Shade to partial sun. 1 dead before winter 2011. DIED
  7. Thelypteris decursive-pinnata – (Japanese Beech Fern)  (3) H:12 – 24″ x 12 – 18″.  Planted 3 underneath the silver maple.  The fern can grow in part to full shade in moist soil.  The moist soil may be an issue.  Darker green with a lighter green underside, fronds are supposed to be vigorous.  The stem is a lighter color offering a striking appearance against the fronds.  This variety is said to be able to withstand some periods of dryness.  Lets hope!  2 dead  end of summer 2012, 3rd DIED summer 2013.
  8. Lavender.  Unknown type.  H 9 – 12″ x 12″   Planted in full sun, and is xeric.


  1. Dwarf Alberta Spruce ‘Conica’ Picea glauca 8’h x 10’w. Full sun.  It holds its own but does need help from desicating winter winds.
  2. Hybrid Tea Rose – Oklahoma (1) Planted 4/2010. Very dark red flowers, fragrant, petal count 48. 2011 – Update.  It looks like the cold snap this winter killed it off.  Leaving for now, but will probably replace.
  3. Dahlia – Chat Noir (1) Planted 4/2010. 39″ h x 10″ w, plant 6″ deep. Dark red bloom, cactus dahlia.  Dahlia never bloomed nor got taller than a few inches.  DIED
  4. Hosta – Gold Standard – (3) Planted 4/2010. (2) Planted 5/18/2010. 12-36″h x 18 – 36″w. Plant depth 3″. Looks like only 1 of the 3 planted in April are going to make it. We had a cold snap that froze the leaves.  DIED
  5. Lilac – Bloomerang Purple (1) Planted 5/18/2010. New cultivar blooms in spring and again in midsummer. 5′ x 5′ Must remove spent flowers promptly for rebloom. DIED
  6. Daylily (Hemerocallis) ‘Dream Legacy’ (2) Planted 5/18/2010. Mid-Summer, reblooming Cream/Maroon centers. 12 – 30″H x 18-24″w Full sun to part shade.
  7. Daylily (Hemerocallis) ‘Purple D’Oro ‘ (3) Planted 5/18/2010. Mid-Summer, reblooming Pinkish-Purple in color. 18-20″H x 18-24″w Full sun to part shade.
  8. Achnatherum calamagrostis – Silver Spike Grass (1) Ornamental grass 3′ x 3′ wide, Full Sun, seed propogated
  9. Agastache ‘Orange Flare’ (2) 36″ x 18″ wide, Full sun to part shade, cutting propogated.  These guys are BIG.  The one planted up front will have to be moved as its just too large for its area.  But gorgeous and fragrant! The hummingbirds have been back two years in a row to get their nectar.  2 still alive
  10. Hollyhock (Alcea Rosea) – Nigra (2) grown from seed. Deep maroon, nealy black bloom. 4-6′ x 24″.  Love this plant!  I have written a whole post on this one.
  11. Barberry (berberis thunbergii) ‘Orange Rocket??’ Purchased 50% off at Lowes.  Cannot find tag.


    1. Daffodils – Yellow Trumpet – Planted 10/18/09 These early spring blooming flowers are yellow and stand 16 – 20″ tall. You can plant them under decidous trees as they bloom well before trees leaf out in Colorado.
    2. Bouquet Tulip ‘Toronto’ – Planted 10/18/09 Although I was expecting a bright pink tulip, these buttery salmon tulips are a delight. They state they should be 14 – 16″ tall I have found they are shorter in my garden. These are called bouquet tulips as each stem produces 3 -5 flowers.  The tulips may not come back this year as I did not know a tulip could die if left to go to seed.  The pods were so pretty I let them stay not knowing the fate I was bringing to my lovely tulips.  Dead
    3. delosperma cooperi ‘Kelaidis’ – Apricot Iceplant. Planted 8/25/09 This is drought tolerant, and is planted below the wall. I will move the yellow delosperma near it, and see how they do.  Dead
    4. Delosperma congestum ‘Gold Nugget’ (3) planted. 1/2” x 8” wide (cutting propagated) Full sun. 2011- only 1 left. Dead
    5. Acorus gramineus ‘Oborozuki’ – Variegated Sweet Flag. Planted 8/25/09 This requires pretty wet soil, so we will see if it will survive in the bed in front of the patio. – died
    6. Penstemon barbatus ‘Rondo Mix’ – The version I have is a pretty coral color. DEAD
    7. Rosa ‘radrazz’ – Red Knock out rose. Planted 8/25/09 Use three in a row (one may be pink?
    8. Bellium minutum (Miniture Daisy) – Planted 5 below the wall – purchased from HCG. Update 2010. Only 1 shows signs of life. – 2011 none show signs of life.  DEAD
    9. Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (Plumbago)- Planted 5 above the wall – purchased from HCG. Update 2010. 4 show signs of life on 5/18.
    10. Lilium pardalinum (Panther Lily) –  Planted 3 near the soggy area – purchased from HCG. Update 2010 none show signs of life. DEAD
    11. Hosta ‘Minuteman’ – Planted 5 above the wall behind the plumbago – purchased Lowes. 3 Plants survived. Those on the ends died.
    12. Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium reptans) – Touch of Class (1) 14″H x 18″ Varigated leaves with a silver-purple flower. Planted south of the maple. Gets dappled light. Need to add compost each year to keep it happy.
    13. Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia) (1). 1″ x 24″. Bright chartruese leaves with a low spreading habit. Will pick up another if I can find them. As of 2020 the drought has taken its toll.  The oldest patch is dieing out.
    14. Maidenhair Grass (Miscanthus sinensis) (1) 3 X 3′.  Multitudes of fine leaves reaching 2.5′ tall create a lovely barrier plant or focal.  In late summer seed heads in coppery pink create quite the show. Note this is restricted in some states.  In CO it behave.


  1. 2009 Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’ – Blue Star Juniper. Planted 8/25/09 Used as low growing blue evergreen UPDATE 2010: May need to move this guy as its going to get less than 2′ tall. Need to switch the grass I just planted with this.  2011 Update.  Martha says to move this into more shady area.  Will move next to weeping cherry.  2013. Moved near weeping cherry – still hanging on.
  2. 2009 Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’ – Dwarf Burning Bush.  6 – 8′ h x 10′ w.  Planted 8/25/09 . Still looks good.  The fall color is a bright hot pink that is outstanding.



Added prior to my arrival

Cotoneaster (C. horizonatlis)
Cotoneaster (C. lucidus)
Quince (Chaenomeles spp)
Blue Juniper
Mugo Pine

Stachys byzantina –  Lamb’s Ear


An amateur gardener who loves to watch the garden grow.

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